Various community and technical colleges and 4-year universities offer construction management training through undergraduate degree programs. Relevant studies may be offered within a broad construction management major or as a concentration within another major, such as industrial technology or electrical construction design and management. Construction project management, building inspection and construction estimating certificate programs are also available. Numerous construction programs integrate internship components to allow students to gain practical experience.
Anoka Technical College
The Anoka campus doesn't have programs specifically in construction management, but this college does offer several related programs, including associate degree programs in architectural technology and supervisory management. Classes in the architectural and construction technology associate degree program cover topics such as construction plan reading, architectural computer-aided design (CAD), technical math, building systems, structural technology, project management and building codes. The supervisory management degree program provides a general curriculum, since the training applies to management positions across multiple industries. Coursework in this program includes supervision fundamentals, personal leadership, customer service, employment law and human resource management. This school also offers certificate programs in construction estimating, quality supervision and supervisory leadership, as well as an architecture and construction technician diploma program.
Bemidji State University
The Department of Technology, Art and Design at the Bemidji campus of this university offers a bachelor's degree program in project management with an emphasis in construction and facility management. The emphasis requires four courses, including project bidding and estimating, construction materials, project documentation and construction management. In addition to these four classes, students must take business administration and accounting. Students learn about technical topics, including construction technology, mechanical power, industrial design, electronic technology, fluid power and communication technology. There are also professional classes students must take, which include project management, quality assurance, technical sales, industrial organization, leadership and human resources development.
Dunwoody College of Technology
Located in Minneapolis, this private, not-for-profit college offers three undergraduate degree programs related to construction management. Course topics in the bachelor's degree completion in construction management program include construction accounting, estimating, construction economics, property development, supply-chain management and public works projects. This 2-year program has concentration options in business administration, cooperative experience or sustainability. Classes in the construction project management associate degree program include safety management, construction scheduling, sustainable construction and leadership. The associate degree program in electrical construction design and management covers such concepts as business communication, electrical management and estimating, control application and drafting application. Additional program options include a certificate program in construction project management.
Inver Hills Community College
Based in Inver Grove Heights, this community college offers an associate degree program in construction management with courses in financial accounting, construction estimating, management principles, engineering graphics, building technology, concrete technology and mechanical systems. Electives cover such topics as supervisory techniques, construction scheduling and legal issues in the construction industry. The college recommends that students interested in construction management consider earning a certificate in building inspection technology; the college also has a construction management certificate program.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
The Moorhead campus of this community college has an associate degree program in construction management. Graduates can gain an understanding of construction drafting, be familiar with OSHA worker regulations and know how to use construction management software, such as cost estimation and scheduling software programs. Classes for this degree program include blueprint reading, employee relations, building systems, safety management, payroll, materials testing, engineering graphics and construction bidding.
Minnesota State University - Mankato
The university's Mankato campus administers a bachelor's degree program in construction management. Common core classes include construction and design law, financial accounting, construction materials, construction documents, design estimating, technical communications, management information systems, civil engineering measurements and construction safety. There's also an internship requirement for the construction management major. Besides completing coursework, students must take the Certified Professional Constructor Exam before they can graduate.
Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Also located in Moorhead, this university offers a bachelor's degree program in construction management that covers commercial building methodologies, construction safety, surveying, project administration, construction scheduling, electrical systems, equipment productivity and construction materials. Students are required to complete 1-12 course units' worth of supervised internships at construction firms. Another graduation requirement includes assembling a professional growth portfolio over the last three years. To build the portfolio successfully, students must complete at least 20 course units of community outreach courses and professional development courses.
North Hennepin Community College (NHCC)
This community college in Brooklyn Park has an associate degree program in construction management. Through a collaboration with Minnesota State University Moorhead, students who already hold associate degrees in construction management can take bachelor's degree courses at NHCC. Construction management courses address mechanical and electrical systems, engineering graphics, financial accounting, concrete technology and construction estimating. Related electives cover such topics as effective supervision, construction scheduling and construction management. Although not required to graduate, a construction management internship is open to students to fulfill part of their elective requirements. A certificate program in construction management is available.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Based in Minneapolis, this college offers a bachelor's degree program in construction management. Prior to enrollment into the program, students must meet prerequisite requirements, which include courses in physics, calculus and construction-plan reading. The construction management degree program offers several sub-plans, which are similar to concentration areas. Options include highway heavy and civil works, commercial, facility management or residential. Core classes within the major cover loss control, accounting, construction estimating, contracts, construction scheduling, marketing and technical writing. Students are required to complete a construction management internship to graduate.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, it has become more common for construction managers to hold bachelor's degrees in areas such as architecture, construction science, engineering or construction management. Although bachelor's degrees are important, due to the intricate nature of the construction industry, the combination of 2-year degrees and ample work experience may also prepare professionals for construction management positions.
As of 2015, certification for construction managers wasn't required, although industry certification has become more common in the competitive job market. The ten Minnesota colleges and universities offering degree programs related to construction management are detailed below, along with a comparison table showing school offerings and tuition information.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Construction Management Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Anoka Technical College||2-year, public college; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Supervisory Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Architectural and Construction Technology
|Bemidji State University||4-year, public; remote town||Bachelor of Science in Project Managment with an Emphasis in Construction and Facility Management||$8,696*|
|Dunwoody College of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Associate of Applied Science in Construction Project Supervision,
Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Construction Design and Management,
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
|Inver Hills Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Construction Management||$5,332*|
|Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead||2-year, public; remote town||Associate in Applied Science in Construction Management||$5,335*|
|Minnesota State University - Mankato||4-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Science in Construction Management||$8,184 in-state; $16,235 out-of-state*|
|Minnesota State University - Moorhead||4-year, public; midsize suburb||Bachelor of Science in Construction Management||$8,496 in-state; $15,906 out-of-state*|
|North Hennepin Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Science in Construction Management||$4,433*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city||Bachelor of Applied Science in Construction Management||$14,760 in-state; $30,438 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.